News Release

September 11, 2008

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Dr. Donald Somerville Is Director of the Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Donald A. Somerville, D.M.D., M.S., an accomplished prosthodontist who trained at the best dental programs in the country, has joined the University of Connecticut Health Center as director of the new Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry.

Dr. Somerville leads a team of nationally-recognized experts who provides a full range of dental implant services to improve health and create beautiful smiles with natural-looking replacement teeth.

The new center, part of the New England Musculoskeletal Institute, is conveniently located on the main level of the UConn Health Center. It has eight state-of-the-art treatment rooms as well as sophisticated equipment including a ConeBeam tomography unit, which quickly and precisely captures 3D and 2D images of jaws and teeth.

“We offer patients today’s best technologies as well as the highest quality care from providers who are leaders in the field of dental implant therapy,” said Dr. Somerville, who has lectured extensively to national and international professional organizations about new advances in dental implant techniques. “In addition, our specialists with the New England Musculoskeletal Institute and the UConn School of Dental Medicine are leading innovative research initiatives to improve care,” he added. “I’m delighted to be part of this wonderful resource for the community.”

Dr. Somerville is not new to the UConn Health Center. He is a 1997 graduate of the UConn School of Dental Medicine where he received many awards including the Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Award and the American Academy of Oral Medicine Award.

After dental school, Dr. Somerville completed a certificate in general practice dentistry at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. While at Harvard, he served as director of the residency program in advanced education general dentistry. In addition, he received a Masters of Science in Prosthodontics from Texas A&M University Health Science Center and Baylor College of Dentistry.

Dr. Somerville joins UConn from Toronto where he had an active maxillofacial and prosthodontic practice and was on the dental staff at Princess Margaret Hospital and an associate in dentistry at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry.

About Dental Implants
Dental implants are long-term, natural-looking tooth replacements. Unlike dentures or bridges, the implant is surgically implanted in the patient’s jaw bone and supports the replacement tooth or bridge. In all, the complete process typically spans between three to six months, depending on the specific needs of each patient.

National and local studies report very high patient satisfaction rates with dental implants, with many patients reporting life-changing results such as increased comfort and confidence with talking, chewing or smiling.

More information about the Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry is available at or To make an appointment with Dr. Somerville, call 860-679-7600.

Caption: Donald Somerville, D.M.D., M.S., is the new director of the Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

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